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Employee Giving Fund Helps Youth Chase Big Dreams

We believe in the potential of every child. That’s why we encourage the youth in our programs to dream big. Southwest Key works within communities to help youth who have fallen off track and support youth breaking through barriers beyond their control.  

Many leave our programs with big dreams about college and professional careers but have limited resources. This year, through our Employee Giving Fund, we were able to award scholarships to several individuals involved in our Youth and Family Services programs.  Please join us in celebrating them and their big dreams. 

Congratulations to these Southwest Key Scholarship recipients!  

Ireiry Cazares, Educational Scholarship Awardee
Ireiry Cazares  | Awarded an Educational Scholarship 

Ireiry will attend Texas A&M University and plans to major in Elementary Education with a bilingual emphasis.

“My intentions are to inspire our youth with a strong passion towards learning and give back to my Hispanic community here in Texas. I aim to break the chains of poverty and empower students with knowledge, with a strong belief that language should not impose a barrier towards learning, and no child should be left behind!”

-Ireiry Cazares

Jose Baldenegro, Vocational Summer Camp Scholarship Awardee
Jose Baldenegro  | Awarded a Vocational Summer Camp Scholarship 
Yaritza Villarreal, Educational Scholarship Awardee
Yaritza Villarreal | Awarded an Educational Scholarship 

Yaritza has big dreams of becoming an Anesthesiologist and credits her participation in the Las Promesas De Laredo Program with building up for confidence and improving both her communication and active listening skills.

“Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity and I won’t waste it. My family and I appreciate it, thank you for believing in me.”

-Yaritza Villarreal

Marcus Dominguez, Educational Scholarship Awardee
Marcus Dominguez | Awarded an Educational Scholarship 
Andrew Olivares Educational Scholarship Awardee
Andrew Olivarez | Awarded an Educational Scholarship 

All of our scholarship recipients send a special thank you to Southwest Key employees who contribute to the Employee Giving Fund and the staff that nominated them for a scholarship. We can’t wait to see what lies ahead for these ambitious scholarship recipients.

Read more about how our Employee Giving Fund has made an impact for families in need all over Texas.